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3 Types of Roofing Warranties And Extended Roof Warranty

3 Types of Roofing Warranties And Extended Roof Warranty Explained! (All you need to know about roofing warranties)

As a professional roofing contractor and a homeowner, I think property owners must know the difference between different types of roofing warranties. This enables them to reap the complete benefits of purchasing a roofing product and getting it installed by a contractor.

The main 3 types of roofing warranties are Workmanship Warranty, Manufacturer’s Warranty and Extended Warranty

In this article, we will learn more about each one of these types, and what they cover and exclude. Along with the duration for which each is valid. We will also see the need for roofing warranties and what they have to offer.

What Is A Roofing Warranty? (Understanding The Basics)

A roofing warranty is a document which guarantees that the roofer will repair or replace any defective materials or workmanship, at no extra cost as long as the warranty is valid.

Warranties vary in length, but most roofing warranties last for at least 10-25 years. Some companies even offer a lifetime warranty.

Customers should carefully review a roofing warranty before signing it, as it will likely be their only recourse if something goes wrong with the roof.

3 Types of Roofing Warranties:

If you are a homeowner having basic knowledge about the different types of roofing warranties is important. Here are three common types of warranties to consider:

  1. Workmanship Warranty:

A workmanship warranty covers the labor and installation. This warranty assures the property owner, that their chosen roofing contractor stands by his work and takes responsibility for the workmanship.

  1. Manufacturer’s Warranty:

A manufacturer’s warranty covers any defects /malfunctioning of the roofing products or materials after installation. Almost all roofing products come with a manufacturer’s warranty.

  1. Extended Warranty:

An extended warranty comes on top of the manufacturer’s warranty. It covers both defects in installation and issues with the used products/materials.

Manufacturer’s Warranty:

What does it cover? 

  • Manufacturer’s warranty mostly covers products with factory defects.
  • It also includes the labor cost required to replace the defective products after their installation.

What does it exclude?

  • A standard manufacturer’s warranty does not cover the cost of replacing or repairing products that were damaged during the installation process by the installer.
  • Nor does it compensate for the damage done to a roofing product due to ice water or any other element.

How Long Does It Last?

Some manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty on their products. That is as long as you own the property.  While some offer for a limited period. However, it largely depends upon their definition of limited. It’s important to know the duration of the manufacturer’s warranty before installing a roof.

Workmanship Warranty

What does it cover? 

  • A workmanship Warranty typically covers the worker errors done while installation of a roofing system.
  • It also covers any additional damage done to the structure of your home or your furniture.
  • It also covers the cost of labor for replacing a damaged roofing product, if the damage was done by the installer.

What does it exclude?

  • Damage caused by any type of environmental factors such as storms, high winds, impact damage, water damage, etc.
  • Any damage to the roof after installation, maybe by foot traffic, fallen tree limbs, debris, etc.

Extended Manufacturer’s Warranty

To get an extended manufacturer’s warranty the property owner must have a roofing system installed. As it is offered on a completely installed roofing system only. The installation must be done as per the manufacturer’s instructions and by a certified roofer. Only then is a property owner eligible for this warranty.

What does it cover? 

  • The entire roof is covered in case just one component fails.
  • Almost all roofing components, such as the underlayment, ice and water barrier, shingles, flashing, vents, etc.
  • Lengthy, continuous, coverage for faulty materials. Also, with the labor cost for constant repairs for up to 50 years.
  • Workmanship coverage against worker errors.

What does it exclude?

  • Excluding flashing.
  • Wood decking.
  • Fasteners

How long does it last?

The duration of this warranty depends upon the property owner and how much coverage you seek. Generally, property owners go for a duration of 50+ years to get the most out of their roofing investment.

Benefits Of Roofing Warranty (Why is it Needed?) | 3 Types of Roofing Warranties 

Most homeowners don’t think about their roofs until there is a problem. But your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, and it’s important to keep it in good condition. A roofing warranty can protect you from expensive repairs or replacement costs if something goes wrong.

Roofing warranties offer many benefits. Below are the top five of them:

  1. Coverage for Unexpected Repairs: One of the biggest benefits of a roofing warranty is that it can help cover the cost of unexpected repairs. If your roof springs a leak or sustains other damage, your warranty may help cover the cost of repairs.
  2. Protection Against Manufacturing Defects: Most reputable manufacturers offer warranties on their products. In some cases, these warranties may even cover defects that result in leaks or other damage to your roof.
  3. Protection against premature failure: A warranty protects homeowners against expensive repairs or replacements due to premature failure of the roofing materials or workmanship.
  4. Cost savings: If a problem does occur, the cost of repairs or replacement is typically covered by the warranty, saving the homeowner a small fortune.
  5. Peace of mind: One of the main benefits of having a roofing warranty is peace of mind. Knowing that your roof is covered in case of any problems can give you a lot of relief.


I hope this article has helped you distinguish between all 3 types of roofing warranties. And helped you understand the benefits of each. If you have any further questions regarding your roof’s warranties or need someone professional to take a look at your roof. Contact us anytime!

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